For those readers that may have arrived here somewhat unfamiliar with the concept of waist training, it is a form of body modification. We like to make the comparison to wearing braces to straighten your teeth. By continually applying pressure to your lower ribs and internal organs you can achieve a shift in both that will eventually give the you the hourglass shape when you are not wearing a corset. However after you’ve achieved your desired waistline, just like wearing your retainer after having your braces removed, you’ll have to continue with some “maintenance corseting” to retain the hourglass shape you worked so hard for. Latex cinchers and plastic boned fashion corsets aren’t appropriate for waist training as they are NOT able to apply the required pressure to the appropriate areas.
This week’s featured waist trainer is Shaena K! Thanks, Shaena for sharing your waist training journey with us!
How long have you been waist training?
How many days/week and hours/day do you wear your corset?
4-7 days a week, minimum of 8 hours a day, unless it’s a ‘listen to your body, because body says not today!’ day.
What was the measurement of your uncorseted waist when you started and what is it now?
Started at a 31″ waist, down to a 28.5″ waist
What is your favorite corset to wear for waist training?
So far, my CS-201 in red and black mesh.
What was your biggest waist training challenge?
Patience. I’m not a naturally patient person, so going at a slow and steady pace has been hardest for me. Also, choosing from the awesome corsets OC has available…so many, so little closet space!
What advice do you have for someone just getting started waist training?
Be patient! Lol And remember that you will have to experiment a bit with your lacing. You may need to adjust a few times while you get the hang of lacing yourself in evenly. I use a hand mirror to check over my shoulder in the mirror. Sped up the lacing process by more than half. Also, don’t stop eating just because you’re laced. Just eat smaller and smarter.
Do you typically stealth corset or do you wear your corsets over your clothes?
I usually stealth it, but with the warm weather coming, it’s time to start corseting right out loud!
What do you like to wear when you are corseted?
Mostly jeans, tank top, and a tee shirt to cover up in colder weather. Going to be trying wearing the corsets over skirts, maxi dresses, etc when it gets hot.
Have you changed your diet & exercise habits while waist training? i.e. are you losing weight while you are waist training?
Definitely. I don’t eat as much ‘garbage’ food. Snacking has become fairly unappealing while I’m laced up, especially since you do need to adjust your portions while laced. Out of the corset, I’ve noticed that the smaller portions are mostly sticking with me with little effort. Major accomplishment, because this gal likes to eat! 🙂 I’ve also noticed more stamina and motivation to get up and do something. Learning to sit down in a corset can be challenging, so that helps too.
The super awesomeness of watching that hourglass come together. The corsets have also doubled as compression therapy when dealing with my sensory processing disorder. Bonus!
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